District CIO

will.i.am acts like a sponge to promote STEM education

A recurring theme during will.i.am’s appearance at the 2013 Esri User Conference on Monday in San Diego was that the music star tries to take the form of a sponge when it comes to sharing his worldly knowledge and experiences with children from the neighborhood where he grew up.

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Forum Guide to the Teacher-Student Data Link: A Technical Implementation Resource

This publication is a practical resource for implementing a teacher-student data link that supports a range of uses at the local, regional, and state levels. The guide addresses the considerations for linking teacher and student data from multiple perspectives, including governance, policies, data components, business rules, system requirements, and practices.

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Hawaii DoE's digital investment off to a rocky start

The Hawaii Department of Education is supposed to put a laptop or tablet in the hands of every public school student, and it has $8 million to figure out how to make the digital device initiative work during the coming school year. But the department appears to be off to a rocky—and rushed—start.

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Planning for new education technology will be a challenge

As Dr. Verna Ruffin moves into her new role as head of the Jackson-Madison County (Tenn.) school system this week, one of the biggest challenges she faces is to plan for the district's technological future.

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Federal CIO council to form new 'innovation' committee

The federal Chief Information Officers council is creating an innovation committee that will identify and analyze cutting-edge technology. The committee will look ahead three years and identify potential uses and problems associated with technologies being developed, including mobile devices.

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Mill Valley SD (Calif.) hires new technology director

James Bowlby, former director of technology for the Menlo Park (Calif.) City School District for 14 years, joined the Mill Valley (Calif.) School District on July 8, in the same capacity.

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Teacher evaluation that makes a difference: A new model for teacher growth and student achievement

This new book by author and researcher Robert J. Marzano and teacher-effectiveness expert Michael D. Toth lays out a framework for the “next generation” of teacher evaluation, including providing recommendations for using technology platforms to enable teacher collaboration.

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Six questions for chief technology officer Gregory Smith

Recently, ASCD appointed Gregory Smith as the association’s first chief technology officer. Here, he talks about how his new role fits in with ASCD’s commitment to delivering high-quality professional development to educators.

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How districts enable and support high-performing schools

What does it take to improve a school? What kinds of programs, systems, and people need to be in place for educational outcomes to improve overall? This report shows that these and other questions continue to vex policymakers, researchers, reformers, and advocates who pore over data and case studies looking for tools to transform schools into places where all students achieve.

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Rockford (Mich.) school board may pilot blended learning program

In a memo, Ryan Kelley, assistant superintendent for instruction at Rockford Public Schools, said most of the approximately 35 students enrolled in a cyber learning program developed by the Kent Intermediate School District failed to make satisfactory academic progress, and the district's board is looking at a blended learning alternative.

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